Published: 11:49, May 19, 2024
Book marks Malaysian alumni association’s 10th anniversary
By Wang Zhan

The Peking University Association of Malaysia launches Southern Branch Evermore Blooms, a special commemorative book in honor of its10th anniversary at Peking University in Beijing on May 18, 2024. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)  

The Peking University Alumni Association of Malaysia launched on Saturday a special commemorative book in honor of its 10th anniversary at the university in Beijing.

Malaysian student leaders, Peking University officials, faculty members, alumni, and friends from the Peking University Network attended the launching of Southern Branch Evermore Blooms, which is published by Peking University Press.

This book is a compilation and reflection of history, past experiences, and people-to-people connectivity. It celebrates the friendships between the two countries with Peking University serving as the bridge.

Malaysian students have become one of the largest undergraduate international student communities at the university, enriching the multiculturalism and values of this prestigious campus

Ye Jingqi, vice-president of the Peking University Alumni Association, said in a speech at the launching ceremony that this publication is a meaningful gift from the Malaysian Alumni Association to their alma mater. It also serves as a testament to the overseas inheritance of the Peking University spirit, recording the profound history of friendly exchanges between China and Malaysia.

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"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China. This publication is timely and reflects the commitment and motivation of the students and the Malaysian Alumni Association in promoting bilateral relations and people-to-people connectivity between the two countries," Ye said.

Director Li Yun from the International Exchange and Cooperation Center applauded the efforts and spirit of the Malaysian students and alumni association for their achievements and dedication to developing and strengthening the community network of the university.

"We hope that this book will serve as a reminder to all of us that the future generation sits on the shoulders of many giants, enjoying the fruits of sacrifice and contribution from seniors and supporters. We hope the younger generation will continue to contribute to the bilateral relationship between our two countries," said Nai Chen Huang, chairman of the Peking University Alumni Association Malaysia, who graduated from Peking University School of Economics in 1999 and Guanghua Management School in 2022.

Guests attend the launching of Southern Branch Evermore Blooms, a special commemorative book in honor of the Peking University Association of Malaysia's 10th anniversary at Peking University in Beijing on May 18, 2024. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY) 

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Peking University Alumni Association of Malaysia. Over the years, the association has played a pivotal role in identifying Malaysian talents and preparing them to be admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in China -- Peking University.

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Today, Malaysian students have become one of the largest undergraduate international student communities at the university, enriching the multiculturalism and values of this prestigious campus. Malaysian students account for approximately 7 percent of the total international student community on campus.

The book records the association’s contributions and achievements in education, culture, social services, and other fields, with the hope of motivating future generations to continue this mission and to promote healthy exchanges of ideas and strengthen our relationships and friendships

The book records the association’s contributions and achievements in education, culture, social services, and other fields, with the hope of motivating future generations to continue this mission and to promote healthy exchanges of ideas and strengthen our relationships and friendships.

During the dialogue session on Malaysia-China relations, Sun Dongdong, Zhai Kun, Xia Hongwei, and Li Wensheng were invited as guest speakers. They have played pivotal roles in building the Peking University-Malaysia bridge over the years.

They praised the Malaysian students admitted to Peking University for their resilience, dedication, and commitment to not only excel academically but also to serve as ambassadors for both Malaysia and Peking University.

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The Peking University Malaysia Alumni in Beijing gathers not only Malaysian students at Peking University but also engages all Malaysian students in Beijing. The alumni network, as a platform, is a vital asset to the university as it provides support, resources, and a sense of community to the young generation and all alumni.

One of the notable projects initiated by the association under Nai's leadership is the Boya Seedling Project. The project aims to encourage more qualified Malaysian students to study at Peking University and return to Malaysia to serve the local community after graduation, promoting the spirit of Peking University.